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Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy

The coming decades represent a crucial time in human history as environmental change, urbanization, and technological progress profoundly reshape the ways in which we live and work. From the opportunities of renewable energy and artificial intelligence to the threats of climate change and aging infrastructure, engineering professionals with both technical and policy expertise are poised to be the key decision-makers and leaders of the future. Already, public policy expertise is vital for successful planning and completion of civil and environmental engineering projects.

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy (MSEPP) provides the knowledge and tools needed to combine engineering analysis with public policy and decision-making. This program covers the core skills necessary to link engineering design and analysis research with the economic and policy contexts needed for decisions that affect society at large. Students study specific engineering applications within one of the concentrations, coupled with fundamental methodologies in policy analysis, economics, and statistics. At the master's level, there are two concentrations for Engineering and Public Policy:

The MSEPP degree is a joint program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. The degree is designed for students with an engineering or scientific background who wish to pursue careers relevant to public policy organizations, such as local, state, and federal public agencies, industry organizations, technology assessment and research firms, and engineering and management consulting groups.

Students enrolled in the MS in Engineering and Public Policy may also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. The MS in Engineering and Public Policy can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.


Educational Objectives

The MSEPP program approaches Masters-level education with a balanced treatment of engineering and public policy to empower students to understand and shape the development and deployment of engineering solutions to pressing or emerging societal needs, recognizing that societal constraints (perceptions, laws, regulations, economics, etc.) determine how engineering technologies are actually developed and deployed. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to couple engineering solutions with analysis of the impact of public policy and societal constraints on these solutions. Conversely, students will be able to identify engineering constraints to proposed public policy solutions.

Graduate coursework is designed to instruct students on engineering analysis and visualization, to teach quantitative policy analysis tools, to improve problem-solving skills, to utilize state-of-the-art data analysis and computational analysis, and to enhance oral and written communications skills. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern’s world-renowned co-op program by undertaking a professional experience in a policy-related field, consistent with their choice of concentration. 

Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

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